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Roots of Knowledge Garden at Woodward Elementary School


606 Stewart Avenue, Kalamazoo (corner of North & Stuart Streets)

Name: Heather Crull

Fair Food Matters' Growing Matters Garden program provides year round garden support for Woodward Elementary teachers and staff. The school receives garden planning support, customized garden-based lessons for small groups of students and full classes, and maintenance of the garden during the summer months.

One of the ongoing educational programs at Woodward is the after school group "Club Grub." Once a week, Kalamazoo College students plan and facilitate lessons and healthy snack making with second and third graders. Woodward students learn about where their food comes from and how to make healthier food choices.

During Kalamazoo College's Spring quarter, Fair Food Matters coordinates General Psychology students to facilitate whole-classroom lessons in the garden. Woodward students rotate between 3 stations in the garden (action, investigation, and creation stations) during the hour that they spend in the garden each week.

June through August each summer, Fair Food Matters hosts a weekly volunteer night at Woodward to keep the garden healthy and beautiful. Students, staff, neighbors, families, and any interested community members are welcome to join us for these events. A portion of the produce grown at the Roots of Knowledge Garden is sold at the Douglass Farmers' Market on West Paterson Street, just a few blocks north of the school.